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To post a report please email your name, hometown, photos, location information, and the content for your report to fishingreports.dnr@maryland.gov. All information is optional, but encouraged.

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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Steve Peperak, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 10, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Brown Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Beaver Creek

My daughter Baylee had an great day of Trout fishing on Beaver Creek, near Hagerstown. She landed several including this nice Brown Trout.

Tags: Brown Trout


  1. Nick Tatakis, Recreational Angler
  2. Wheaton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 9, 2013 | Permalink

Large Pine Lake Golden Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Wheaton Regional Park Pine Lake

I caught this 4 lb, 25 inch Golden Trout on 04/08/2013 at Wheaton Regional Park Pine Lake.

Tags: Golden Trout


  1. John Melchior, Recreational Angler
  2. Parkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 8, 2013 | Permalink

Opening Day Monster Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Falls

I caught this giant on opening day in Parkton MD off of Cameron Mill Rd. (Little Falls). I went to Sets in Towson to get the fish verified and received my MD Fishing Challenge ticket. The fish's length was 29 inches, the girth was 20 inches and the overall weight was between 14.5-15 lbs. We did the math at Sets (length x girth x girth divided by 800), we came up with 14.5 lbs. Caught on 7 lbs test.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Joshua Evans, Recreational Angler
  2. Frederick, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 8, 2013 | Permalink

Check Out This Middle Creek Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Middle Creek

This is my first report of the year and honestly, this is one of my best freshwater catches to date! It started two days ago when I went to Middle Creek to hit some of my favorite spots that I figured would still be holding fish from opening day. It was slow overall but I still managed 3 decent stocker rainbows. On my way back down the creek I decided to hit my "special" spot that I usually go to close out slow days. I only managed one more there and started to head home. As I did that, I noticed a pool I hadn't ever really seen before nor had I ever seen another fisherman in (which is rare.) I found a spot to park and venture towards the water. As I did I saw this gorgeous fish swaying back and forth with the current hitting bugs as they went by. I tried for over an hour with the few things I had brought with me without any luck, eventually spooking it.

I woke up the next morning with the fish still on my mind. I didn't actually arrive at Middle Creek until around noon and went straight to the hole where I had seen this monster. Sure enough, she was at the font of the deeper pool, again swaying back and forth eating whatever happened by. I first fly lined a large red worm past her several times with no luck. I then tied on a # 0 Joe's Flies white spinner with a gold blade. I cast upstream past where she was and as it past her, WHAM she nailed it. Apparently I didn't set the hook right in my excitement because after only a couple of head shakes she got off. I watched her take off into the pool and then to my surprise (and luck) she returned to the front of the pool again back at her same pattern. It took several more casts past her and then again, WHAM she nailed it. I fought her for about 5-6 minutes with my ultra-light 4'6" torsion rod and Mitchell spinning combo on 4 lb. test line. She finally gave up the fight and after several attempts and bringing her close enough to net, I was able to do just that. She ended up being 23.5" long with a 14" girth and weighed 4 lbs according to my scale (though I am positive she weighed more). This is my biggest Rainbow Trout to date. I have caught several rainbows that were 16-18" in the past, but nothing like this!!!! On a side note, she was also full of about 1/3 of a quart sized bag of roe.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU DNR for stocking this beautiful fish and doing what you do! I look forward to catching more just like her this season. Hopefully I will get to thank you in person at the Maryland Fishing Challenge Grande Finale at Sandy Point State Park later this year.

Tight lines all and good luck tracking down these monsters!

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Bryan Sebold, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 5, 2013 | Permalink

What a Rush Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Principio Creek

I caught this 28 inch Rainbow Trout 4 days after opening day in Principio Creek off of Belvedere Rd. I was using a 4' 6" ultra light rod with 2 lb test line while jigging a pink trout magnet. It was the second cast in and 3 slight jigs later I hooked her. When she surfaced I couldn't believe my eyes. I asked myself, " What do I do? " I was alone with no net. I fought her for nearly fifteen minutess until I got to the shallow part, dropped the pole, reached in the water and threw her up on the bank. What a rush! That's the biggest trout I have ever caught.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Arthur Steinhauer, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 5, 2013 | Permalink

Deer Creek Rainbow Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Deer Creek

My friend Richard Weber Jr. took this photo of me and this nice Rainbow Trout I caught at Deer Creek on Saturday March 30th.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Kory Briggs, Recreational Angler
  2. White Marsh, MD
  3. Total Reports: 13
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Posted on April 5, 2013 | Permalink

Gunpowder Falls Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Gunpowder Falls

I caught a nice 16 inch Rainbow from Gunpowder Falls on a cicaida lure from Dick's.

Thanks for all the hard work you and the rest of the DNR put into making Maryland bearable!!! Its one of the few pearls this state still has.

Q: On another note, I was wondering what areas you mean when you use the terms upper and lower Potomac? I generally think above and below D.C. But not sure, hoping you could clarify that.

A: Kory, you are correct, we generally define the ‘lower Potomac’ area the tidal stretch of river below DC. The Upper Potomac is generally defined as the waters above Montgomery/Frederick County.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. David Young, Recreational Angler
  2. Adamstown, MD
  3. Total Reports: 2
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Posted on April 4, 2013 | Permalink

Large Urbana Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Urbana Lake

My son, Tyler Young caught this Rainbow Trout that measured 25 inches long with a 15 inch girth at Urbana Lake. Thank you MD DNR for stocking such beauties like this, the memories will last a lifetime!

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Richard J. Scott II, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 4, 2013 | Permalink

Three Generations of Trout Fishermen

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Falls, Parkton

Here is a picture from 3/30/13 at Little Falls in Parkton, MD. In this shot is my 83 yr old Grandfather, myself, and my 18 yr old son. Three generations of trout men. My 10 yr old was with us but out of this shot.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Lewis Adkins Jr, Recreational Angler
  2. Hagerstown , MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on April 4, 2013 | Permalink

My First Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Northwest Branch of the Potomac

My son William went on his very first trout trip and his very first catch in the Northwest Branch by the mill in Adelphi, MD. He fought for 5 minutes and surprisingly I thought his fishing rod would have giving out on him, but he landed this 16.5 inch Rainbow.

Tags: Rainbow Trout

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